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Tony Parker passes Kevin Johnson for 21st place on NBA’s all-time assists list

San Antonio Spurs point guard Tony Parker is playing in his 17th season in the NBA, so it is expected that he is already bound to surpass some of the all-time greats in the league’s career leaderboards. Last night, Parker did just that as he passed Kevin Johnson for 21st place on the NBA’s all-time assists list.

The Spurs’ playmaker recorded four assists in last night’s 102-99 loss against the Atlanta Hawks on the road. He came into the game needing three assists to tie Johnson and four dimes to surpass the former Suns star point guard.

Parker’s fourth assist came during the fourth quarter when he drove down the lane to draw the attention of two defenders. He then passed the ball to LaMarcus Aldridge who made a layup with 8:29 left in the game.

The Spurs’ veteran now has 6,712 assists for his career while Johnson has 6,711. He is also on pace to move past Muggsy Bogues (6,726) in the next few games. With his 4.1 assists per game average, and barring any unforeseen absences, Parker is expected to step over Bogues in four games when the team faces the Cleveland Cavaliers on Jan. 23. Next up would be Deron Williams who has 6,819 assists for his career. Parker is likely to leap past him in 26 games.

To move up one more place in the assists ladder, where Guy Rodgers is in 18th place, Parker needs to play one more season for the Spurs. That remains a big question mark at this point, though, as Tony Parker will likely make that decision over the summer.